The Buffalo Bills made a splash trading for Stefon Diggs from the Minnesota Vikings but also paid a premium to get the disgruntled receiver.
The Minnesota Vikings decided to move the 26-year-old but made sure to get a big return in the process. Buffalo gave up a first-round pick (No. 22 overall), a fifth-round pick, a sixth-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick in exchange for the receiver and a seventh-round pick.
What the Bills are getting in return for the steep price they paid is a receiver with a lot of talent and potential. They also are hoping that a change in scenery gets him back on track after it was clear the relationship with Kirk Cousins wasn’t working.
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While the price is a steep one, Bills Mafia can at least find comfort in knowing that they didn’t do what the Houston Texans. In case you missed it, one of the top receivers in the NFL was moved for David Johnson and a second-round pick which means yes, Minnesota got a good return for Diggs.
At the same time, Buffalo would have had to trade up to get a decent receiver in the draft so the team decided to get a player who they feel can come in right away and produce. Considering he averaged 17.9 yards per reception in 2019 and is surely capable of being a downfield threat for Allen.
The biggest strength Diggs provides the Bills according to Pro Football Focus is that Diggs is not afraid to make the tough play when his number is called. It’s no secret considering he had a career-high 1,130 yards despite only having 94 targets.
John Brown led the Bills in receiving yards last season with 1,060 with Cole Beasley falling behind him with 778. The team could desperately use another formidable body to compliment the speed Brown and Beasley provide.
In the running game, Devin Singletary flashed a lot of potential averaging 5.1 yards per attempt and Dawson Knox took a step forward at the tight end position. It seemed like the Bills would have taken a bigger gamble trying to sign a receiver in free agency and now they can focus their cap space to improve other areas.
While the Bills might have paid a premium to get Diggs, the team probably felt it was better off to get a player that was motivated for a new situation than taking the chance on the draft or an option that might not have been available in free agency.
What did you think about the Bills trade? Did they give up too much? How do you see Diggs fitting into the offense? Let us know in the comments below.